Always Dreaming Heavily Favored in Early Preakness Wagering
Always Dreaming Heavily Favored in Early Preakness Wagering
Always Dreaming is 4-5 early favorite for Preakness
20 May, 2017, 03:22
"Always Dreaming just wouldn't come back", Lanerie said.
A groom unwraps a leg covering on Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming as he prepares for a wash following a walk on the track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Friday, May 19, 2017.
Watching fans enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of the backstretch during the popular and free "Sunrise at Old Hilltop" tours and get a chance to witness a close-up look at the Preakness horses and also interact with legends like Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, is all part of what makes spending a morning at Pimlico on Preakness week such an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Preakness Stakes contender Classic Empire walks onto the track as the sun rises at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Also pictured at left is trainer Todd Pletcher. That could mean that Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, breaking from the 4 and 5 gates respectively, will duel early and fade later.
Always Dreaming will attempt to be the fourth Kentucky Derby victor in the last six years to finish first in the Preakness. Four of his rivals are back to take him on in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Mine That Bird was the 50-1 upset victor of the 2009 Kentucky Derby.
Notes: War Emblem posted a three-quarter length victory over Magic Weisner. "Belmont is our home track, and I'd love to go for it".
He might not look like a beast, the way American Pharoah did, but this is a horse who might have what it takes.
This is how trainers talk in the days leading to a race, of course.
The Preakness position two weeks after the Derby is too soon for Pletcher. Giacomo got stuck with an outside post in the Preakness and finished 9 ¾ lengths behind the favored Afleet Alex. "They could go at it right from the start". Barbaro was euthanized several months later due to complications from that injury. Bernardini (2006), Rachel Alexandra (2009) and Exaggerator (2016) are the only three non-Derby runners to wear the Black-Eyed Susans during that time frame.
After all the No. 2 finisher at the Derby, a sturdy and consistent colt named Lookin at Lee, is here. The elder Bonomo was in a meeting in NY when the deal went down in Lexington, Kentucky, and he wasn't happy when he heard the price.
"With Super Saver, my concern was that the two-week turnaround was a little quick for him".
Five fillies have won the Preakness in its illustrious history. Or like Animal Kingdom in 2011. "Historically, I think the horses that have run well in the Derby run back well in the Preakness". That colt earned Pletcher his first Derby victory before finishing eighth in the Preakness. The Belmont Stakes, three weeks later in NY, completes the crown jewels.
Notes: Orb started on the rail and was never in contention at the Preakness, which was won by Oxbow.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Always Dreaming will break from the No. 4 post in the 10-horse field Saturday. California Chrome tied for fourth place in the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Tonalist. California Chrome started the trend in 2014 before faltering in the Belmont, while American Pharoah went on to become the first Triple Crown victor in almost four decades in 2015.
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